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Protecting California's Ocean

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The California coast is breathtakingly beautiful and also plays a vital part in our economy. With almost 70% of California’s citizens living in coastal communities, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive

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Celebrate the Ocean on World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8. Our guest Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, talks about World Oceans Day 2012 with the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.”

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Help Give Sharks a Fighting Chance – Winner of the Thank You Ocean Favorite Podcast Contest!

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In celebration of our upcoming 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast, we launched a contest that let our supporters and fans select their favorite podcast. The winner: sharks! The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers

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Earth Day's Big Blue Marble

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On Earth Day, we often see the NASA photo from space of Earth as a Big Blue Marble, but what makes it blue? The ocean! We talked with Wallace J. Nichols about BlueMarbles.org, the global movement inspired by the Earth

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Wallace "J" Nichols: Sea Turtles and Citizen Science

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Sea turtles are fascinating iconic symbols of the ocean. All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered, and they connect us with many of the environmental challenges facing the ocean. We talk with Wallace “J” Nichols, research associate at

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Enjoy-But Do Not Disturb-Coastal Wildlife

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While we enjoy observing coastal wildlife, it’s important to avoid disturbing them. Our guest Mary Jane Schramm, Media and Public Outreach Specialist with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, says failing to be respectful and cautious when encountering

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Using the Power of Film to Protect the Health of the Ocean

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MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s largest independent producer of IMAX theatre films with an extraordinary track record and a new campaign to restore the health of the ocean. For more information, visit: One World One Ocean MacGillivray Freeman Films

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Ocean for Life

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Ocean for Life brings together students of diverse cultures and backgrounds to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries provide the optimal setting for this unique opportunity to enhance cross-cultural relationships, while

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California Coastal Cleanup Day

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California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup held on the third Saturday of September, is the state’s largest volunteer event. Shannon Waters, California Coastal Commission Public Education Program Assistant, lets you know how you and your

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One World One Ocean Campaign

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The One World One Ocean Campaign is using the power of film, television and new media to inspire people to protect and restore the health of the ocean. Learn about the campaign from Greg MacGillivray, Chairman of the One World

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Engaging the Public, Protecting the Coast, and Capturing the Moment

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The California Coastal Commission Public Education Program engages the public in coastal protection and restoration activities and increases the public’s understanding about California’s marine resources. Sylvie Lee, Public Education Program Coordinator, tells us about the Coastal Commission’s many outreach programs

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Youth: The Next Wave for Change

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June 8 is World Ocean Day and the theme this year is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” On this report we introduce MERITO (Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans), a marine conservation outreach effort comprising approximately twenty-five regional

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Ancient Discoveries in Channel Islands Aid in Marine Management

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Studying archaeological data from 12,000 years ago is helping marine scientists forumlate management strategies. Our guest is Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Antropology at Humboldt State University. For more information, visit: University of Oregon/Anthropology/Erlandson webpage Torben C. Rick

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Earth Day 2011

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This Thank You Ocean Report podcast celebrates Earth Day with a focus on the ocean. While there are very significant issues facing the ocean, there is also a connection between what goes into the ocean and all of us. Our

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San Francisco Seafood Market

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Larry Collins, President of the Crab Boat Owners Association, talks about the creation of a sustainable wholesale and retail seafood market along San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Ecotrust, the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association and the San Francisco Community Fishing

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San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

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March 9-13, 2011: The 8th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, the nation’s premier cinemaquatic [R] event, will feature more than 50 adrenaline-drenched and thought-provoking films exploring the beauty, mystery and excitement of the ocean. Learn more from our guest

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San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project

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San Francisco Bay is said to be the most studied estuary in the world but most of that effort has been focused on the shoreline and tidal wetland areas. Marilyn Latta, Project Manager with the California State Coastal Conservancy, talks

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Who is Watching the Ocean? Observing the Ocean Along California’s Coast

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Thank You Ocean is pleased to present a guest podcast for a special Thank You Ocean Report. Up and down the coast of California, abalone farmers, bar pilots and environmentalists — among others — are staking their profits, well being,

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Explorations Inspiring a Life’s Journey

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Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. For more information, visit:

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Hope Spots

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World renown oceanographer and scientist Sylvia Earle is focusing on places in the ocean that merit special protection such as National Marine Sanctuaries. For more information, visit: The Syvia Earle Alliance-Hope Spots

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Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries

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This new series of books focuses on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Our guest is Jean-Michel Cousteau, the series author. For more information, visit: Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures

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Help Give Sharks A Fighting Chance

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The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers around the world to conserve underwater environments. On this report, Director Jenny Miller Garmendia talks about one of their projects that is aimed at protecting sharks. For more

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California and the World Ocean Conference 2010 (CWO '10)

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Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, highlights the upcoming “California and the World Ocean Conference 2010” to be held in San Francisco from September 7-10, 2010. As with the previous CWO

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BLUE Ocean Film Festival

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The goal of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival is to share at all levels the latest insights on what is happening in our ocean and to provide tangible ways people can make a difference. Executive Director Debbie Kinder talks about

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Decommissioning Oil and Gas Rigs

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Skyli McAfee, Executive Director of the California Ocean Science Trust, offers a perspective on decommissioning oil and gas rigs that sit off the coast of California. (Photo credit: Platform Irene, North of Point Arguello: Linda Snook) For more information, visit:

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